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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 6, 2011 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

I really like the "Serchin'", Pig, with the BBs doing background . And the "Muskogee" is a great answer to the song by having these folks do it ("We don't take our trips on LSD"). I'm sure the Beach Boys were going for some hip cred, at this point, by playing with the Dead, but I think the results are fun, and fine .

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 6, 2011 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Funny ... Btw I've been listening to 7/2/71, and there's a guy who keeps shouting "Johnny B Goode!" Like, before every song. (Which in itself is funny enough.) But then I flipped on this Okie from Muskogee and ... out comes Johnny B Goode. Hah! He got his wish!

Okie from Muskogee is labeled Help Me Rhonda. Haven't heard the whole show yet, so not sure where the mislabeling starts.

edit: Turns out I Get Around is really Help Me Rhonda (with GD); Help Me Rhonda is Okie from Muskogee; Okie is Johnny B Goode, which is the ever-popular Tuning; and Tuning is Sing Me Back Home, which is UJB, which is Lovelight. See what happens when the GD and Beach Boys share the stage?



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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 6, 2011 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Same thing happens on 4-29-71. A woman starts yelling for Johnny B. Goode in the first set and continues to do so before several songs. I often wondered if they ended up playing it for her at the end of the show.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 6, 2011 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Yeah, it makes me wonder ... um, WHY? You want the show to end or something? But then I suppose there are tunes I'm fond of that not everyone else is ecstatic about. So, well, glad he got his wish (and his soulmate the Johnny B Goode Woman got her wish, too.)



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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 6, 2011 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Actually, Johnny B Goode probably WAS a favorite of a lot of concertgoers at the time. The Dead put it on their live album for a reason.... One guy whose first Dead show was 12/12/72 said his favorite song of the evening was - you guessed it - Johnny B Goode! And listening to a '74 show the other day, I heard repeated calls for El Paso....not a song I'd request, but it was clearly a hit with audiences. And didn't W Tell here, who attended 6/17/75, say that the big highlights of the evening were - wait for this - BIODTL and Me & My Uncle?
Another forumite remembered: ""When you are a youngster, the rockers are the ones that stick with you, they get your attention... The first time I saw them (10/14/76) it was the Around that got me, not the long Dancin>Wharf Rat (my buddy fell asleep!) The next concert (2/26/77), I was impressed with the US Blues and the short Weir tunes, not the Playing>Wheel>Playing, or the Help>Slip>Frank... Didn't even know I had heard a 'Help>Slip' till I got the tape!"

We've discussed here before how '70s audiences tended to be much more taken by the Dead's boogie numbers than by any of the jams.... But keep in mind, these are the same audiences who hoped a Pigpen Lovelight would never end!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 6, 2011 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

It occurs to me that right around that time ('71-ish) there was a real upswell of interest in 50s music. I remember it cuz I was a kid and there'd be radio specials of 50s rock that I used to tape religiously -- whole long hyper-promoted "50s Days" on the popular rock station -- and there was also a rash of hits that had that boogie 50s sound: Rockin Pneumonia, Crocodile Rock ... American Pie came out ... Sha Na Na was on the radio ... Bette Midler's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was even more retro. That was like a "new thing" (or so it seemed to me) in the early '70s.

So if Johnny B Goode was particularly popular with audiences, it also fit with a trend.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 6, 2011 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Around & Around was a big crowd-pleaser on the East Coast and also one of my favorites from the first few shows that I saw ... and I arrived on scene about 5 minutes before they cut that song down to just a lame-o intro. I feel lucky to have seen the handful of full versions that I did.

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Poster: BornEasement Date: Jul 6, 2011 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Riot in Cellblock #9

Even Merle himself sang this song with tongue in cheek... "we don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee" from a man who apparently smokes a joint a day in his old age.